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January 23, 2019

12/21/2018 2:39:00 PM
Northland School Board moves closer to sharing Superintendent with Hill City
By Kyndra Johnson of the Press-Citizen

Thursday's board meeting began with a summary of the audit report from Carl Nordquist from Altoff & Nordquist. Nordquist reported no major findings or issues for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. He discussed that certain accounts will have significant discrepancies from the previous year due to the payment of construction costs until the accounts are finally zeroed out. It was noted that the administrative staff has been very helpful and organized the past few years in making these audits go smoothly.

Principal Mary Yakibchuk gave a report on the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) conference that herself and staff attended in California. Yakibchuk is very excited to bring this program to Northland and discussed another conference on it that will be held a little closer to home in Minneapolis, which she would like to have more staff attend.

Yakibchuk also discussed an anti-bullying campaign that is being implemented. There is consideration of having a guest speaker come and talk to the students about healthy ways to solve conflicts. Also, the senior class is making commercials about anti-bullying which will be judged with the best ones being shown on the tv in the commons area.

The board also motioned and approved, being contingent on two changes in the agreement, the sharing of Superintendent services with Hill City. The changes that the board wanted to make was the wording in the duration clause to read that either party may terminate the agreement with ninety days written notice, instead of having to wait ninety days prior to the end of a fiscal year to terminate. The other change that the board wanted to make was the compensation portion. It was discussed in the special meeting the prior week that the fee for the services would be a flat fee for the three year duration of the agreement. In the agreement there was an increase every year to coincide with raises that the superintendent will receive over the next three years.

In other Board action:

• Accepted the resignation of Deborah Spicer-Webster, teacher, effective June 12, 2019 and the resignation from Sandy Lewis, para-professional, effective December 20, 2018.

• Accepted a quote from Sterling Stone & Tile for $15,147.00 to repair, clean and seal concrete floor in the Commons and approved 6 - 1, with Scarlet Bennett opposing, an agreement between Northland Community Schools and ICS regarding the Concrete Work.

The board has scheduled the following meeting: the Reorganizational Meeting, Monday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m. to be held at Northland High School.

Bill Hansen Realty

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